If your kitchen cupboards are anything like mine, there is a good chance it’s stocked with dried herbs and spices you don’t use as often as you might like to.  However, if I were to ask you if your family eats popcorn there is a likely chance the answer is yes.

Most people season their popcorn with butter and salt or eat it plain.  Instead, consider using the spices in your kitchen as a creative way to flavor popcorn. 

Together with your children, try experimenting with different spice combinations.  This encourages your children to learn about how herbs and spices can be used to enhance the flavor of food.  Popcorn is a great neutral food to absorb the seasonings.  The most common binder for popcorn is butter.  However grape seed oil is a fantastic, and healthier, alternative to butter.

A couple of my favorite combinations are cinnamon and sugar, garlic salt and kosher salt, smoked paprika, black pepper and salt, and dill and thyme.  Popular spices you can experiment with are: curry, Italian seasonings, parsley, garlic salt, garlic powder, dill, paprika, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, coriander, dill, thyme, black pepper, sugar, and cinnamon.  With the exception of garlic salt, a little bit of table or kosher salt can be added to any spice blend to enhance the overall flavor.

Today’s recipe is for a Parmesan Dill and Garlic seasoning blend.  I hope you enjoy!

Recipe: Parmesan Dill and Garlic Popcorn Seasoning

  • Prep Time: 2 min(s)
  • Total Time: 2 min(s)

A simple seasoning blend for popcorn.

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 2 teaspoons dill
    • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1 teaspoon table salt

Instructions

    • Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl or sandwich bag.

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  • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

    We make our own popcorn almost daily in our new Cuisinart air popper. Love your ideas for a homemade seasoning mix!

  • twig

    i used to dust mine with cocoa and powdered sugar

  • twig

    one can also use pan spray (pam) to coat popcorn

  • Kay

    Love to see some suggestions without salt. I doubt older people could eat this with sooooo much salt.

    • Alice Currah

      Hi Kay,
      You can certainly omit the salt. A little dash of curry powder, cumin, or paprika would make excellent ways to season popcorn without the sodium!

  • Morgan

    I use season salt!

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  • http://www.robertreeveslaw.com/ Personal Injury Lawyer

    My daughter and I love popcorn! We just use a small amount of popcorn salt though, not sure if I could have it any other way! Though I’m sure if I put any chocolate on it she would go crazy.